The Spam Report: Day #47: “Dear friend”
MY DESK: MADISON — I’m just getting around to checking some of my more recent possibilities for the Spam Report and you’ll probably question my sanity as the one posted below, promising to make me a millionaire, has sat in my in box since Monday.
I mean, the sender, purporting to be “Dave Dawes,” sounds so sincere and genuine when he writes, “My spirit will be uplifted once you get this money.”
I desperately wanted to see who my benefactor was, so I went to my favourite (spelled the British way for reasons set to be described) search engine and I found that Dave and Angela Dawes, a couple from London, England, did in fact once win 101 million Euros in the EuroMillions lottery. Converted to dollars at today’s rate and that’s a hardy sum of $ 138,290,926.62.
But then, the wheels fell off the story posted below. Again, this took all of two minutes to debunk. I’ll run through just a few of the problems quickly.
The couple won two-plus years ago, not in October as stated in the email. The newspaper link to the article put forth in the email does not exist.
They’re no longer engaged, as stated in the email, but they got married shortly after they won. And finally, I found a story from one of the London newspapers that Dave and Angela are now splitting up over how to give some of their money away (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dave-angela-dawes-euromillions-winners-2844307)
Maybe she didn’t want him to send me this email? Maybe his giving me the money is why they’re breaking up?
Maybe I’ll eventually see my beloved Chicago Cubs win the World Series? Maybe there are little green men who live on Mars? Maybe my children will clean up their rooms on their own some day?
Or maybe, I should bank on the sure thing and just hit delete.
Have a great weekend.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2013 6:54 PM
Subject: Dear friend
This is a personal email directed to you. I am Dave Dawes, my fiancee and I won a Jackpot Lottery of 101 million pounds ($156 million) in October, and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of 1 million pounds ($1.56 million) to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lot of 5 unknown lucky individuals all over the world plus 15 close friends and family. If you have received this email then you are one of the lucky recipients and Please contact my legal adviser Barr. Charles via the same email based in United Kingdom because I have given him instructions to deliver this money to you as soon as possible.
You can contact my legal adviser Barr. Charles his email (email@example.com) just tell him that you are contacting him under instruction from Code: GUUTU992 he will honor my WILL and pay you within Fourth eight hours. Please send him your I.D, Phone and Address for verification and payment processing. My spirit will be uplifted once you get this money.
You can verify this by visiting the web pages below.
Best of luck,GUUTU99
You can contact my legal adviser Barr. Charles his email
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